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Biden vows to beat ‘Trump like a drum’ and demands probe of Ukraine whistleblower allegations

2019-09-21

Joe Biden angrily lashed out at President Trump on Saturday, vowing to “beat him like a drum” and demanding a probe into allegations that the president tried to bully Ukraine into joining a “smear” aimed at him.

“Trump’s doing this because he knows I’ll beat him like a drum," Biden told reporters on the campaign trail in Iowa. "He’s using the abuse of power and every element of the presidency to try to do something to smear me.”

Eight. That’s how many times Donald Trump asked a foreign leader to investigate me and my family.

Why? Because he knows I'll beat him like a drum. pic.twitter.com/Oc303alcBi

The Democratic front runner also wagged his finger at a reporter who asked whether he intervened with Ukraine on behalf of his son, Hunter, while serving as vice president.

Biden lectured the reporter to focus on Trump’s reported abuse of power, which is the subject of a controversial whistleblower complaint that the White House is trying to squelch.

“You should be looking at Trump,” Biden scolded. “Everybody looked at this and everybody who’s looked at it said there’s nothing there. Ask the right question.”

Shaking hands with supporters at the Iowa Steak Fry in Des Moines, Biden boasted he would not hesitate to punch back in a general election dog fight with Trump.

“I know what I’m up against, a serial abuser. That’s what this guy is. He abuses power any way he can,” Biden said. “This crosses the line."


The outburst from Biden came as Trump continued to defend himself against abuse of power claims.

Published reports say Trump repeatedly pressured Ukraine Presdident Volodymyr Zelensky to open a probe into Biden and his son, even though they have already been cleared of any impropriety.

Although the substance of the whistleblower complaint has not been officially revealed, Trump insisted that the July 25 call was a “perfectly fine and routine conversation.”

“Nothing was said that was in any way wrong,” Trump said.

....story about me and a perfectly fine and routine conversation I had with the new President of the Ukraine. Nothing was said that was in any way wrong, but Biden’s demand, on the other hand, was a complete and total disaster. The Fake News knows this but doesn’t want to report!

Biden and other Democrats are demanding that the White House release a transcript of the call, in which the Wall Street Journal says Trump asked Zelensky eight times about the Bidens.

It would be a serious abuse of power if Trump were found to have used his position to push a foreign leader to tarnish a political opponent.

Trump around the same time put a hold on $250 million of security assistance to Ukraine, but reports say he did not specifically threaten to withhold the money in the call with Zelensky. The money has since been released.

Ukrainian officials appear to be caught in a tough spot by the controversy. They need to curry favor with the U.S. to maintain aid that helps the country defend itself against Russian aggression. But they do now want to appear to be taking orders from Trump.

Ukraine foreign minister Vadym Prystaiko told a local news outlet there was no “pressure” in the call and said Ukraine does not want a transcript made public.

“Leaders have the right to discuss any existing issues," he said. "This was a long and friendly conversation that touched on a lot of issues, sometimes requiring serious answers.”